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Areca brings opportunities to tropical city

Workers in Yali Agricultural Development Company pack areca nuts in Wanning, South China’s Hainan province on Nov 24, 2018. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn]

Wang Xiaoli is shelling arecas in a workshop in Yali Agricultural Development Company, an enterprise specializing in areca processing. Each day, a proficient worker like her can shell at least 40 kg of areca nuts.

Areca, also known as binglang, is a kind of plant mainly grown in tropical forests from China and India to across Southeast Asia to Melanesia. But many don’t know there is a small city, Wanning, in South China’s Hainan province called “the home of areca”.

Chinese call areca “binglang” as “bin” and “lang” meant honorable guests in ancient Chinese language. Chewing areca nuts is a habit of people in Southeast Asia and Hunan, Hainan, Yunnan and some tropical areas in China. Also, it can be used as medicine.

The areca culture in Wanning is profound, according to Yang Zhibin, minister of publicity of Wanning. “As early as the Song Dynasty (960-1279), people in the city began to grow areca. The custom and culture of the people here to eat areca nut has passed down for a long time. It’s regarded as a symbol of friendship and a token of love between young men and women. When we visit our relatives on festivals, we always bring areca nuts as gift.”

In Hainan, nearly 2.3 million farmers grow areca trees, according to official statistics.

Data show that in 2017, the area of areca exceeded 104,667 hectares, with an output value over 35 billion yuan. And Wanning accounted for one-third of the total output in the province.

Areca has spurred the local economy and created job opportunities for thousands of people.

Yali Agricultural Development Company employs more than 500 workers, among which over 40 come from impoverished households. They earn an average salary of 3,000 yuan ($432) each month. It is estimated 200 more will be hired in 2019.

“We will continue to ramp up our support to make the areca industry and make it a sustainable industry for local people to increase their income and thrive,” Yang Zhibin said.

Next year, Yali plans to export products to countries such as Russia, India and Burma. “We hope to introduce Hainan’s areca culture to all over the world someday,” said Cai Qiongling, an administrative worker in Yali.

Areca nuts. [Photo/IC]

Thousands of shoes honoring Chinese laborers killed in World War II

A special exhibition focused on the tragic history of Chinese laborers is held at the “Mukden Incident” history museum in Shenyang, Northeast China’s Liaoning province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

“Don’t forget history for peace”, a special exhibition focused on the tragic history of Chinese laborers was held at the “Mukden Incident” history museum in Shenyang.

Thousands of pairs of black cloth shoes were placed neatly on the museum square, from the east side of the museum monument to an “S”-shaped walkway at the entrance of the exhibition hall. The display commemorates 6,830 Chinese laborers killed in Japan during World War II. At that time, those forced to go to Japan did not wear shoes. These shoes, denied to the victims, symbolizes their dignity by being neatly placed in the same area today.

This not only honors victims, but also reminds people from China and Japan of history and promotes peace.

China tightens passenger transport safety

BEIJING – China has released a management guideline to supervise passenger transport companies on safety and reduce risks.

The guideline was jointly published recently by the Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Public security, and Ministry of Emergency Management.

The guideline has rules focusing on safety education and management of drivers, risk management and control and examination on hidden dangers.

Data shows that 55.8 percent of road accidents that caused more than 10 deaths from 2012 to 2017 involved passenger vehicles and tour coaches.

Many of the accidents are caused by irresponsible companies which did not carry out safety checks.

World’s largest container ship docks in Shanghai

The world’s largest container vessel MSC Gülsün arrives at Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, on July 11, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

The world’s largest container vessel MSC Gülsün arrived at the Shanghai Yangshan Deep-Water Port on Saturday morning.

Built by Samsung Heavy Industries, the vessel measures about 400 meters long and 61.5 meters wide and has a capacity of 23,756 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

Gülsün, which left the port later in the afternoon, was the 45th 20,000 TEU-class super large container ship the port has received.

The container throughput of the Yangshan Deep-Water Port, the world’s largest automated container port, has significantly increased since it became operational at then end of 2017. In the first half of 2019, its container throughput reached more than 1.5 million TEU, increasing by 160 percent year-on-year.

Zhan Jinyao contributed to this story.

The world’s largest container vessel MSC Gülsün arrives at Qingdao, East China’s Shandong province, on July 11, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

CIIE highlights new features and business opportunities

TheCIIEheldaroadshowinXi’an, Shaanxiprovince,onFriday. [Photo by Xing Yi/For chinadaily.com.cn]

The China International Import Expo held a roadshow in Xi’an, Shaanxi province, on July 19, highlighting new features and business opportunities in this year’s expo for company buyers in Northwest China.

Tang Yugang, deputy director of the department of commerce of Shaanxi, reviewed the participation of the province’s trade mission in the first expo in November.

“More than 3,000 people from 1,000 companies went to the expo in Shanghai last year — the largest trade mission of our province,” said Tang, adding that 108 deals topping 13.8 billion yuan were signed.

Zhao Jianjun, general manager of Xi’an Camelar E-commerce Co, was in the provincial trade mission. His company bought 3 million yuan worth of agricultural produce, such as honey, flour and cooking oil, from exhibitors of Kazakhstan in the import expo.

“They were transported to Xi’an through the China-Europe freight train, and are selling well in our online stores on e-commerce platforms JD, Taobao and Pinduoduo,” Zhao said.

The critical location of Xi’an has given businessmen like Zhao advantages in logistics when trading with Central Asian countries.

The city was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, and is among the busiest land transport hubs in the modern Belt and Road Initiative — a trade, investment, and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes.

Altogether 1,235 trips of the China-Europe freight train, carrying 1.2 million metric ton goods, set off from Xi’an to 15 countries in Central Asia and Europe last year, according to Xi’an International Trade and Logistic Park.

“The trains carry electronic products and mechanic equipment to Central Asia, and are loaded with high-quality agricultural produce on the way back,” said Zhao, who is looking forward to making more Kazakh business friends at the second import expo.

Tang Guifa, the president of The National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) Co, who manage the venue of the expo, said this year’s exhibition area will be 300,000 square meter — up 10 percent than last year’s — and the expo will add new sections of virtual reality, augmented reality, and autonomous driving.

“Besides world’s top 500 companies, there will also be around 2,000 small and middle-sized companies from Belt and Road countries attending the second import expo,” he said.

Liu Lijia, the chief representative of world’s largest building material manufacturer LafargeHolcim in China, said the company has secured a 260 square meters exhibition area for this year expo and will showcase its sustainable biodiversity development solutions such as vegetation-growing concrete.

The registration for professional buyers is open until September 30, and while individuals will need to acquire invitation code from their local trade mission, companies can register without the code, according to the organizer China International Import Expo Bureau.

China taps mobile game to aid poverty relief

BEIJING — The Chinese government is innovating its poverty reduction campaign tactics through tailored mobile games in an effort to attract the participation of the country’s huge online population.

In the latest effort, the poverty reduction office under the Ministry of Finance and Tencent’s instant messaging platform WeChat joined hands to develop a mobile game, which is set on farmland in several poverty-stricken counties and allows players to grow and sell agricultural products.

Through the sales of the virtual products they have grown, players could earn credits on the platform, which could be then used as discount coupons on an e-commerce outlet for purchases of real goods such as rice and fruits produced by local farmers.

Yongsheng county in Yunnan province, Pingjiang county in Hunan province and Fenxi county in Shanxi province are among the first batch of pilot regions on the game’s virtual map.

As China’s fight against poverty enters a new phase that focuses on targeted, precise solutions, the government has been seeking innovative ways to make the efforts more effective.

In 2018, China lifted 13.86 million people in rural areas out of poverty, with the number of impoverished rural residents dropping from 98.99 million in late 2012 to 16.6 million by the end of last year.

China has vowed to eradicate absolute poverty by 2020.

China to ‘fight back’ on new tariff threat

China will “fight back firmly” if the United States publishes an additional list of tariffs on Chinese goods, the Ministry of Commerce said on Tuesday morning.

The Trump administration threatened to slap a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports on Monday, a weekend apart from announcing hefty tariffs on made-in-China products, escalating a trade dispute that has put markets and businesses on edge.

“This practice of maximum pressure and blackmail goes against the consensus reached by the two sides on multiple occasions, and has utterly disappointed the international community,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.

If the US side gets so irrational as to publish an additional list of tariffs on Chinese goods, China will have to fight back firmly with comprehensive “qualitative” and “quantitative” measures, it said.

On Monday, US President Donald Trump said he had asked the US trade representative to identify the Chinese products to be subject to the new tariffs, a move that he said would be in retaliation for China’s decision on Saturday to raise tariffs on $50 billion in US goods, according to a White House release.

“After the legal process is complete, these tariffs will go into effect if China refuses to change its practices, and also if it insists on going forward with the new tariffs that it has recently announced,” Trump said.

He further threatened that he would pursue “additional tariffs on another $200 billion of goods” if China responds to the fresh round of tariffs.

The Trump administration on Friday announced a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese imports, prompting China to retaliate swiftly with matching duties on American imported goods.

Wall Street has viewed the rising trade tensions with wariness, fearful they could strangle the economic growth achieved during Trump’s watch, The Associated Press reported on Monday.

At a Washington Post panel last week, Gary Cohn, Trump’s former top economic adviser, took aim at the president’s announced tariffs on steel, aluminum, and some Chinese goods, saying they could wipe out the positive boost from the tax law Trump signed in December, according to a Business Insider report.

“If you end up with a tariff battle, you will end up with price inflation, and you could end up with consumer debt,” he said. “Those are all historic ingredients for an economic slowdown.”

As the trade deficit is at the core of bilateral trade relations, Zhang Zhiwei, chief China economist at Deutsche Bank, said US companies actually may have sold more to China than Chinese firms did to the US.

The bilateral trade balance may be misleading because it does not capture the sales of goods and services by foreign firms’ local subsidiaries, Zhang said. Countries such as Japan and South Korea have large businesses in China that export to the US.

Combining trade and foreign direct investment, the US actually ran a surplus against China. Deutsche Bank estimated that the US aggregate sales balance had turned into a surplus against China in 2016 and 2017.

The aggregate US sales balance with China increased to a $7 billion surplus in 2016 from a $30 billion deficit in 2015, and further increased to a $20 billion in surplus in 2017. This is because sales of major companies’ local subsidiaries in China continue to grow more rapidly than the growth of the trade deficit in the past few years, according to the research.

“Escalation of the trade war between the US and its major trading partners would be negative for US multinationals and the US labor market,” said Zhang. “China’s rising demand for US products, such as food and energy, may also help some US regions that were previously negatively affected by globalization.”

Zhang said a trade war may put US multinationals in danger, because multinationals accounted for one-fifth of total employment in the US.

Karen Reddington, president for Asia-Pacific at Memphis, Tennessee-based logistics company FedEx Corp, said the company remains committed to lowering trade barriers for its customers. She contended that imposing tariffs would slow economic growth and raise prices for its businesses and consumers.

Long Guoqiang, vice-president of the Development Research Center of the State Council, said that in terms of the production value chain, the US manufacturing sector not only accounts for the most profitable industries, but also is enjoying the highest added value and is actively allocating low-value-added segments overseas.

Ford Motor Co sold 338,386 vehicles in China in the first five months of this year, about one-third the number in the US, and had welcomed a Chinese plan to reduce tariffs on auto imports.

That may be in jeopardy as gas-powered and electric vehicles could face the border tax increase.

“President Trump is fixated with tariffs, which he believes he can wield freely, but there are grave consequences,” said American Apparel & Footwear Association President Rick Helfenbein. “Congress needs to step in now to end this dangerous obsession.”

Contact the writers at zhongnan@chinadaily.com.cn

Shenzhen to add helicopter service to urban public transport

SHENZHEN — Pressing a button to call a helicopter to a rooftop, once the stuff of sci-fi stories, could soon be a reality in China’s southern metropolis of Shenzhen.

An urban air mobility (UAM) project is expected to make the Chinese innovation hub, renowned for its “Shenzhen speed”, even faster.

The joint project between Airbus and Shenzhen Municipal Commerce Bureau will add a new dimension to its urban transport system.

“We understand the potential of Shenzhen – the innovative spirit, and the opportunity to create an additional solution for the city and a service,” said Eduardo Dominguez Puerta, head of urban air mobility of Airbus.

Tailored UAM services will be introduced in Shenzhen by the end of 2019, making it the first Chinese city with helicopters in its urban public transport.

“Airbus is collaborating closely with China on helicopters. We would like to start introducing this UAM service with existing helicopters and in parallel develop the new electronic vertical take-off and landing(eVTOL) and next-generation vehicles,” Puerta said.

A digital platform will be tailored to Shenzhen, adapted to the Chinese customer and connected to the existing transport system.

The seamless end-to-end transport solution could combine any type of ground transport and mobility with the air.

“I hope that we can prove together at the end of this year that this is not science fiction, but an existing reality and an option for people in Shenzhen,” said Puerta.

“It is going to be much more public as the price will be more acceptable to the public. Its value as a new urban transport form is far beyond business,” he added.

Shandong community sets example for others to follow in rural areas

Visitors examine flowers at a national-level agricultural exhibition hall in Daicun village in Lanling, Shandong province. [Photo/China Daily]

With neat rows of apartment buildings, wide and clean roads, classified trash cans and sanitary toilets, Daicun village in Shandong province might not fit the stereotype of a rural area.

But it has provided an example of how rural areas can be revitalized economically and socially. Some 200,000 farmers and government officials from across the country have come to conduct field research and exchange their experiences over the past few years.

The number of visitors to this small town, which has a population of 3,600, has seen a significant increase since last year, when President Xi Jinping recognized the achievements of the village and its Party secretary, Wang Chuanhai.

Joining a group discussion in March last year with deputies from Shandong during the annual session of the National People’s Congress, Xi said Daicun village proves the Chinese proverb that the locomotive decides how fast a train runs.

Xi called for more rural Party secretaries like Wang to provide a sound base of governance for rural vitalization.

A poverty-stricken village that was deeply in debt in the late 1990s, Daicun had risen by 2018 to have an average net income for residents of 68,000 yuan ($10,200), more than four times the national average for farmers.

Last year, the village built several new facilities in response to Xi’s call for revitalizing rural areas. Those include a new agricultural exhibition hall and a tourism base showcasing collectibles and the history of “educated youth”-urban youth who went to rural areas during the 1960s and 70s in response to a call from Chairman Mao Zedong for “making achievements in the countryside”.

Businesses run by the village generated output value of 2.8 billion yuan last year, and agricultural and service industries are now major growth engines of its economy.

A 1,300-hectare national-level agricultural exhibition area, for example, attracted more than 20,000 visitors during Spring Festival, contributing a significant share of revenue to the village, according to Liu Yanbin, deputy general manager of the area.

A larger training center to teach farmers how to develop rural areas is now under construction in the village. With four buildings, the center is scheduled to be in service in October.

The rural vitalization strategy was proposed by Xi at the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in 2017, with the overall goal of building rural areas with thriving businesses, pleasant living environments, social etiquette, effective governance and prosperity.

Shandong released a five-year plan on its rural vitalization in May, the first of its kind, mapping out a number of major projects, programs and actions for the five-year period 2018-22.

Some of the projects aim to integrate talent recruitment, land use, finance and industrial structure by 2022 in rural areas. Thirty percent of villages in the province are expected to see their agricultural industry upgraded and modernized, creating 120 billion yuan worth of added value.